We found what has to be the worst road in Nicaragua – a 10 km stretch outside Muy Muy.
Among overlanders the Nicaraguan police have a reputation for corruption. In Tipitapa we were motioned to the side of the road by a transit cop. He said we changed lanes on the bridge we had just crossed. The ticket, which he never began writing, would cost either $40 or 1,000C. We knew the infraction was bogus so we refused to pay. I asked the cop to call the regular policia or his supervisor. After a 10-minute standoff he returned Chris’ license and let us go.
We stopped for the night at the Paradiso Hostel on the shore of Laguna de Apoyo. The lake is in the caldera of an extinct volcano. Most of the guests are international travelers in the 20-40 age range. We hoped to use the hostel’s wifi because Chris hasn’t had cellular service since we entered the country, but it failed after a few minutes. The power went out a few hours later.